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Family Security Matters: 10 Ways to Get Involved

April 17, 2007

 

Ten Ways Families Can Make Their Community Safer
Source: Family Security Matters

  1. Educate Yourself – Take responsibility for your own ideas. Watch, read, and listen to more than one news source. Read books about current events. And, of course, regularly check websites like www.FamilySecurityMatters.org. For more information, see www.foxnews.com www.cnn.com ww.rferl.org

  2. Encourage Your Friends – We’re all safer when we’re all informed. Tell your friends about books and websites you love. Have them over to watch DVD’s and news specials about foreign affairs and homeland security. Discuss the issues that bother you and learn from their perspectives. Consider watching the videos or discussing the books at www.familysecuritymatters.org

  3. Make an Emergency Plan for your Family – Be sure that you and your family know exactly what to do in case of emergency, whether a terrorist attack or national disaster. Rehearse with your children and quiz them about emergency phone numbers. Prepare a kit with food, water, first aid supplies, and a radio in case you must stay in your home for several days. Also, find out what your children’s schools will do in case of emergency and offer to help develop a plan for them, if they do not have one already. For examples, visit www.lifesecure.com, www.ready.gov
  4. Give Your Time to Community Service – Even if your volunteerism does not pertain directly to security, by helping to educate, feed, or house your community, you are building valuable social connections and helping to avoid problems that could impede emergency response. Look into www.freedomcorps.gov
  5. Make Your Voice Heard – Cultivate an awareness of community and national issues. Write letters to the editor to call attention to pressing problems. Contact your Senators and Congressmen to let them know where you stand on pending legislation. To reach your Congressional delegation, visit http://www.senate.gov    www.house.gov  www.govtrack.us  www.congress.com
  6. Work the Issues that Count – When something matters to you, get involved. Volunteer on political campaigns. Join national organizations lobbying for political change. Find likeminded people on www.meetup.com who can join your effort.
  7. Be Pro-Active – Don’t feel limited by this list. Get creative. When an issue gets under your skin, act on it. You are the best judge of what is happening in your neighborhood. Remember – this is your country. Defend it! – Don’t feel limited by this list. Get creative. When an issue gets under your skin, act on it. You are the best judge of what is happening in your neighborhood. Remember – this is your country. Defend it!  Here’s one for TV Progams www.parentstv.org ( local groups near you )
  8. Stand Up for the Truth – Watch the news and learn about the world. Then keep an eye out for stories and facts that seem unlikely. Compare reports from multiple news sources and see if details don’t match up. Then confront publishers and editors about stories that seem biased. Tell your friends and family about news sources that include opinion alongside the facts. Let the world know that the truth is too important to be obscured by partisan objectives.
  9. Support Our Military – Our soldiers are brave men and women from across the country. Let them know they matter. Send cards and gifts. Participate in fundraising activities. If we stand behind our military, our military will be better prepared to stand up for us. http://www.emailourmilitary.com and http://www.fisherhouse.org both offer opportunities to support the American military.  
  10. Join in an Active Defense – Our national resources are stretched thin. Consider filling in the gaps by donating your time. Volunteer for the Red Cross or Salvation Army. Join citizens’ defense groups and other organizations that help place community members on the front lines of emergency prevention and response. Learn more at www.redcross.org or www.salvationarmy.org

Don’t feel limited by this list. Get creative. When an issue gets under your skin, act on it. You are the best judge of what is happening in your neighborhood. Remember – this is your country. Defend it!

Source: Family Security Matters

This can help you go beyond complaining to making a difference.  Let’s work together on this project before it is taken away. 

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